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By Robby Stern

During this holiday season, we will be asking our members to help us fight Wall Street and the politicians and ideologues who are manufacturing this so-called “fiscal cliff” crisis. They are attacking our earned benefits from Social Security and Medicare and seeking to cut Medicaid and other programs vital to the welfare of the majority of the American people. It is yet another example of what author Naomi Klein terms “Shameless Disaster Capitalism”.

These programs did not create the deficit .The deficit our federal government is facing was created by the Bush tax cuts, by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and by the Wall Street-created recession. It can be resolved by ending the tax cuts for the wealthy and launching a robust jobs creation program.

By using the right-wing language of “entitlements” (rather than earned benefits), those who created the deficit now want to lay its cause at the door-step of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other government programs necessary to the vast majority of the people.

Could we have a more efficient and less costly health care system in our country? You bet we could!  If we want to lower the cost of health care and make it more efficient, why not recognize health care as a human right and create Medicare for all? Universal coverage would lead to a far more cost-effective system. But that is not the direction the politicians are going.  We will work to change their direction.

By the time you receive this newsletter, you will have been asked to call your Congressional Representative and two U.S. Senators with the message that we want them to end the tax cuts for the richest 2% and to oppose benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. We will ask you to call multiple times because repetition is effective. The calls will take at most, 10 minutes.

We will also be planning street action with a large coalition of organizations. Please join us under the PSARA banner when the time comes.

The end of the elections signals a new time of mobilization and action.

Getting ready for the 2013 legislative session

At our annual legislative conference, PSARA adopted our priorities for the 2013 legislative session,  We have our lobbyist, PSARA member Pam Crone and her partner, PSARA member Nancy Sapiro, ready to assist us on a day-to-day basis in Olympia.

Our priorities include:

Our Legislative Conference also supported legislative efforts to create safe staffing standards in our hospitals, as well as the creation of a licensed dental practitioner – a new kind of dental provider that can enhance dental care the same way physician assistants and nurse practitioners have diversified the field of medicine.

This is a robust legislative agenda. When the session begins in January, we will have more articles about what is happening in the Olympia and what we can do to get the best results for PSARA members and all Washington residents.

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